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Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by August 17

Date: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Health products made from natural materials have evolved alongside humans throughout history. But in this generation, we have all but forgotten this useful skill. Join us to learn how to make your medicinals, salves and soaps from the greens in your own backyard.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Start your weekend feeling refreshed and inspired. Nature provides so many ways to rejuvenate yourself. We will start with 60 minutes of yoga lead by Nella Yoga instructors, followed by a naturalist lead walk through the gardens to experience the birds and native plants that call the Discovery Center home. Participants should meet at the shelter on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri is shaped by two of the largest rivers in the world and they define our state more than any other natural resource. Learn how rivers work with several hands-on activities: explore the dynamics of flooding and erosion at the stream table, discover how pollution moves through a watershed and get up close and personal with the plants, fish and wildlife that inhabit Missouri's rivers.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
We will participate in the Butterflies and Moths of North America project. Citizen scientists of all ages and experience levels can participate by taking photographs of butterflies and moths and then submitting their observations. Data collected helps scientists understand more about these beautiful pollinators.

Register by August 17

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Blue River Park

Registration required (adults) The Blue River provides Kansas City with a moving opportunity for discovering nature in the city's heart. With two-thirds of the water in the Kansas city metro area draining into the Blue River, this 40-mile stretch of stream is home to unique wildlife. Spend an evening learning to catch and identify macro-invertebrates, understand the importance of a watershed and much more. Plan to get muddy and wet as we explore the Blue River. A minimum of ten participants is needed for the program to take place.

Register by August 17

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION.
Registration required online starting July 23 (adults) Let's sink a fork into flathead catfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, gar, carp, buffalo and drum. These fish may not be beautiful to some eyes, but they can definitely be delicious! We'll start our 2018 Field to Fork Series by learning the special ways to clean these very unique fish. Then we'll have Chefs Sean Kirby and Chad Tillman of Local Seasons Catering and Events and Chef JC Gregg of Covet Bakery teach us how to turn these denizens of the deep into tasty dishes. Registration for this class is online with a minimum of twenty participants for the program to take place. Registration is not complete until we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit.
Deposits should be made out to MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver them to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor confirming your reservation within two working days of receiving your deposit.

Register by August 23

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

You are required to provide your own rifle and a minimum of 60 rounds of ammunition. 11-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by August 20

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: UCM Shooting Range

Register @ 660-530-5500

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
What was that!? I think it was a bat! Nature has its own insect exterminators. One bat can eat around 1000 per night! Missouri’s bats play an important role in those memorable summer nights you enjoy. Come learn about these essential little winged critters.

Register by August 22

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Golden Valley Shooting Range

Participants should bring their own 20ga or 12ga Shotgun. Ammunition provided. Information about youth Dove fields and Hunt provided at Clinic. Register at 660-885-6981

Register by August 27

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by August 28

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

This class spans three evenings and covers dove biology, behavior and habitat. How to hunt doves as well as wing shooting practice. If you have your own shotgun bring it with you. If you do not have your own, we have shotguns available. We have ammunition for most of the popular gauges.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Humans have been fascinated with the arrival and departure of beautiful birds for thousands of years. Come learn how to identify the most common migrating birds in our area. We'll explore the Great Missouri Birding Trail and the opportunities for birding close to the city. Learn to use binoculars and a field guide as we take a birding hike on our trails.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

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